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Treatment of Meatal Exostosis

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Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
 from  526
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
 from  2280
General therapeutic rehabilitation
 from  565.57

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2084
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8836

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2099
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8270

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2009
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
7975

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2361
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
10040

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
1956
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
7967

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Jena regularly ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary medical facility with a long history of more than 200 years. Since its foundation, the hospital has been constantly developing and modernizin
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2208
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8676

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the leading medical facilities in Bavaria and offers the highest level of medical care, which is characterized by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medi
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2099
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8214

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2633
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
10936

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
1954
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
7927

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top ten medical facilities in Germany! The hospital was opened on January 1, 2001, although in fact it inherits the medical facility, which operated at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn. The hospital in Germany combin
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2120
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8769

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German medical facilities! The history of the hospital has more than 300 years, and during this time it managed to earn an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but throughout the world. The hospital positions itself as a s
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
1944
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
7977

University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Tuebingen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the prestigious medical publication Focus, the University Hospital Tuebingen ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital was founded in 1805, therefore it is proud of its long history, unique experience, and outstanding achievements in the field of medical care, as well as research and teaching activitie
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
1926
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8414

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Duesseldorf ranks among the top Germany hospitals! The hospital is an excellent example of a combination of high-quality health care, research and teaching activities. With more than 50,000 inpatients and about 300,000 outpatients every year, the hospital is
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2031
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8727

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
1846
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
7570

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the prestigious FOCUS magazine, the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich ranks among the Germany's top medical institutions! Founded in 1834, the hospital combines long traditions and the very latest achievements of modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments, 20 interdiscipli
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
2026
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
8783

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Heidelberg ranks among the top five hospitals in Germany! The hospital is one of the most advanced and reputable medical institutions not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. There are more than 43 specialized departments and 13 medical institutes, which cover all field
Diagnostic tests for Ear canal exostosis (surfers ear)
0
Treatment of ear canal exostosis with surgical resection
0
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About the disease

Meatal exostosis is an ear condition, known as “surfer`s ear”. This condition characterizes the abnormal growth of the bone in the ear canal. There is a similar condition, known as ”swimmer's ear”, whereby the ear canal becomes inflamed as a result of an infection. As a result of the infection in “swimmer's ear”, the ear canal may swell and the person will feel acute ear pain. “Surfers’ ear” is not the same as “swimmer's ear”, although the second condition can be the result of the first one.

Meatal exostosis  usually develops as a result of continuous exposure of the ear to the cold wind, which is often the case with surfers that surf even in the cold temperatures. As a result of irritation which develops after contact of ear canal with the cold wind and water, lumps, which indicate new bone growth, start to develop in the ear canal. These lumps begin to actually restrict the ear canal creating difficulties for normal functioning of the ear canal and hearing itself.

As the ear canal is blocked by the water and the wind, water and wax which start to accumulate in the ear cause an infection and the ear can become inflamed leading to the development of “surfer's” ear”. The wax, which is naturally responsible for protecting the ear from different infections and also for gathering all the bad chemicals that get into the ear, starts to provoke the infection because it can not leave the ear and allow for the new wax to form.

Surfers which surf in the warm temperatures can develop meatal exostosis as well, because when surfing, the contact with the cooled wind and water is also great. Other sports that involve sailing in the wind, such as simple sailing or windsurfing, can lead the development of meatal exostosis as well. It is important to follow the safety rules while being in water and exposed to the wind in order to prevent development of an infection and preserve hearing.

Symptoms

  • Plugging sensation in the ear
  • Difficulty extracting water or wax from the ear
  • Pain in the ear
  • Swelling
  • Redness in some cases
  • Temporary hearing decrease which disappears when the ear canal is treated

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor will examine the ear canal and determine if it is swollen. The doctor will determine if there is collection of wax and water which could be causing hearing problems.
  • The doctor will ask the person about his/her usual activities to determine if infection was indeed caused by the exposure to the water and wind.
  • The doctor will check the hearing of the person to determine if there is decrease and also its extent.
  • An audiogram is used in some cases to measure the hearing by sending the sounds into the ear and determining if the ear hears them in a different volume.
  • An X-ray or CT scan of an ear canal can be used in some cases to check the ear canal and determine if water and wax blocks it. It can also determine if there are lumps or bones which grew as a result of meatal exostosis and which could be causing hearing impairment. 

Treatment

  • Surgical resection is used to remove the bone or the lump in the ear canal which is causing the obstruction.
  • After the surgery the patient will need to refrain from contact of the ear with water or cold wind for several weeks to several months depending on the severity of meatal exostosis in order to prevent recurrent infection and new growth of bone.

Authors: Dr. Vadim ZhiliukDr. Sergey Pashchenko




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